Shoreline ArtsTrail: 2015 Open Studios Weekend
Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 10am-4pm

It’s handmade! It’s art! And it’s local! As a matter of fact, the Shoreline Arts Trail’s 14th annual Open Studios Weekend happens right in your backyard — at 31 studios in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut. Held this weekend – Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 – the ArtsTrail is supported by 39 shoreline artists and 12 local business sponsors, as well as the Guilford Art Center and Zip06.

This juried event gathers some of the finest, award-winning artists on the shoreline whose work must reflect mastery of methods and materials, originality of concept, and be handmade by the artist in his/her studio.

What you’ll find…one-of-a-kind, quality-made items in a wide range of media including jewelry, sculpture, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles.

What you’ll experience…a chance to talk one-on-one with artists and explore their studios as you weave your way around 50 miles of scenic shoreline.

What you’ll do…support local artists and the shoreline economy by supporting our arts community, purchasing great art made right here in Connecticut, and visiting our sponsors which include unique shops, renowned restaurants and picturesque inns.

This year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail welcomes three new member artists: painter and jeweler Laurie Flaherty (Guilford), and painters Linda McCarthy (Branford) and Suzanne Siegel (Guilford).

Returning to the ArtsTrail are artists Terry Bogan, Richard Carleton, Lisa Carlin, Christine Chiocchio, Alice Chittenden, Anne Coffey, Jayne Crowley, Margaret B. Dean, Laurie Douglas, Eileen Eder, Susan Gillie, Carol Grave, Anita K. Griffith, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, B. Joan Hickey, Sharon Hosley, Laura C. Lyons, Megan Mangum, Dayna Mankowski, Molly S. McDonald, Jackie McGuire, Jane Strauss Novick, Estelle Nussbaum, Robert Parrott, Steve Plaziak, Leslie Prodis, Pat Rist, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Marjorie Sopkin, Sandra Spahr, Catherine Steinberg, G. Scott Tabar, Martha Link Walsh, Sid Werthan, and Diane Wright.

Our 2015 Sponsors include DaSilva Gallery, Luckey Redo, Home Restaurant, Tommy Sullivan’s Café, Guilford Art Center, Greene Art Gallery, Mix Design Store, Flutterby, Friends & Company Restaurant, Wall Street Gallery, Madison Wool, Tidewater Inn, Words by Jen, and Zip06.

The Shoreline ArtsTrail was started in 2002 by a small group of shoreline artists. Their intent was to create an annual open studios event to allow local residents and weekend visitors to interact with artists and experience the creative process first-hand. Three years later, grants from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and from the towns of Branford, Guilford and Madison, dramatically accelerated the project. The number of artists almost doubled, as did the types of media, which now includes jewelry, sculpture, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. With the invaluable support of the Guilford Art Center and participating Open Studio artists, the ArtsTrail received the 2007 Compass Award for Excellence in Partnership from the Greater New Haven Visitors’ Bureau. Now in its 14th year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail is a collaborative effort that includes hundreds of volunteer hours from member artists, an ongoing partnership with the Guilford Art Center, and the support of numerous community sponsors.

During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point you to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and more information, pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map, available in libraries, town halls, Connecticut welcome centers, and visitors’ centers in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at the Guilford Art Center and the various studios. Contact Martha Link Walsh at (203) 481-3505 or visit, and its Facebook page, for more information.

Sid Werthan, Sculptor and Photographer


Sid Werthan
Sculptor and Photographer
83 School Ground Rd, Branford
203 530-1012

Visit his studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
He’s #10 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.

Martha Link Walsh, Cut Paper Artist


Martha Link Walsh
Cut Paper Artist
188 North Main St (Rt1), Branford
203 481-3505

Visit the Martha Link Walsh Gallery during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
It’s #5 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.

TONIGHT: Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas!


Shoreline ArtsTrail member Martha Link Walsh will introduce her new book, A Paper-Cut Christmas: The Twelve Days of Christmas, at her gallery this evening from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Join her for this special evennt to celebrate the release of her second book and the start of the holiday season. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Holiday traditions may vary among cultures and generations, but the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has lasted the test of time through both. Its unwritten origins and references to mythology and pagan beliefs, together with the intriguing meanings given by Christians, add to the enduring magic of this Christmas classic. For this second book in the Paper-Cut Christmas series, Martha was inspired to create two interpretive styles. Representing the traditional style, cut-from-one-piece white and red images illustrate the verses as we know them today. The layers-of-color collages, in the manner of Henri Matisse, connect to the ancient origins of this carol. The spirit of the season is captured by these paper-cuttings and, together with the text, add new dimension to this memory song.

A self-taught artist, Martha has maintained a gallery in Branford for 40 years, selling her original creations and one-of-a-kind paper-cut family heirlooms. Each is designed to tell a story – a birth, a wedding, a retirement, a celebration – in paper-cut images and symbols that capture memories for years to come. Her first book, A Paper-Cut Christmas: Legends of the Gift Giver, was published in 2013.

The Martha Link Walsh Gallery is located at 188 North Main Street in Branford, Connecticut. For more information, contact Martha at (203) 481-3505, or

Sharon Hosley, Potter and Sculptor


Sharon Hosley
Potter and Sculptor
44 Hamre Ln, Branford
203 376-6045

Visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
She’s #4 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.

Pat Rist, Potter


Pat Rist
59 School Ground Rd, Branford
203 488-3772

Visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
She’s at #9 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.

Leslie Prodis, Metalsmith and Sculptor


Leslie Prodis
Metalsmith and Sculptor
33 Wallace Rd, Branford
203 772-5770

Visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
She’s #14 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.